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Re: st: K median clustering


From   khigbee@stata.com
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: K median clustering
Date   Wed, 05 Mar 2008 08:49:03 -0600

Vidya Mahambare <vmahambare@crisil.com> asks:

> I am using the command "cluster kmedians" in order to cluster a sample of
> objects on the basis of a certain variables.I want to check how the
> clusters change when a different group of variables is used. However, when
> I run the command using a different variables or by adding or deleting
> certain variables, the cluster do not change. This does not seem correct.
> Please suggest what could be the problem.

There is no problem, and in fact many researchers who are doing
cluster analysis would love to have the situation you describe.
It sounds like your data fall naturally into k distinct groups
and those groups are distinctly separable based on one or more of
your variables.

I don't know how many variables are involved in your cluster
analysis, but you might want to use -graph matrix- on some of the
variables and the distinctness of the groups might become
apparent to you.

Ken Higbee    khigbee@stata.com
StataCorp     1-800-STATAPC
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